White Russians in China - Gary Nash
This feature recounts the amazing early life of Gary Nash, grandon of a white russian army colonel and author of an award winning book - The Tarasov Saga.
Gary was born Igor Ivashkov and raised in China, a short lived haven for remnants of the anti-communist Whites defeated in the Russian Civil War. Gary grew up fascinated by his siblings' tales of danger and escape from revolutionary Russia in the early 1920s.
This small, exiled community of Russians in China relieved their memories of their homeland but their isolated existence was to be shattered once again. As communists swept through China in the late 1940s they fled for their lives to a deserted Pacific isle. Displaced and made paupers, driven from both home and exile, which country, if any, would give them a home?
After migrating to Australia, Gary embarked on a successful business career and published his memoir in 2002. A skilled pianist, he has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and this programme features his recording of Alexander Scriabin's Impromptu opus 12 no 2.